Christmas gifts sent by school’s students


SIXTH-FORMERS at a Bognor Regis school have sent a lorryload of love around the world.

The pupils of The Regis School collected 164 shoeboxes crammed with Christmas gifts.

These will be shipped by The Samaritans Purse: Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal to children in poverty in countries such as Bosnia, Romania and in Africa.

The project was run by sixth-formers Ben Scrivens, Claire Bourner and Katherine Downs under the leadership of their RE teacher, Victoria Hinton.

Miss Hinton said: “The response from the students and staff has been fantastic and has almost doubled the number of boxes we collected last year.

“The sixth-formers have been brilliant in organising the collection and encouraging others to donate novelty and practical gifts for children.”

Teachers and pupils in every tutor group in the school all brought in items to contribute to the boxes and send Christmas cheer to those much less fortunate than themselves.

Librarians Cathryn Rahaman and Alison Rimmer also got involved this year by housing the boxes in the school library until they began their journey.

Headteacher David Jones said he was proud of the efforts of the students and heartened they were sensitive to their responsibilities to others. “They recognise the needs of children who do not enjoy the richness of our lifestyle,” he said.